Sen. Manchin: Obama has 'product problem'

Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSunday shows preview: Senate healthcare debate heats up Zinke hits Dems for delaying Interior nominees Manchin faces primary challenge from the left MORE (D-W.Va.) said Thursday the Obama administration faces more problems than just the rollout of ObamaCare.

“They have more than a rollout problem; there’s a product problem. We’ve got to make sure that the products are there. The market will determine that product,” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” [WATCH VIDEO]

Manchin has been outspoken about the problems associated with the law's rollout. He’s repeatedly called for a delay in ObamaCare’s insurance mandate.

He and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) have co-sponsored a bill that would allow people to keep their current health insurance plans under ObamaCare — fulfilling the promise President Obama made to the public before Congress passed the law and in the run-up to his reelection.

Millions of people have already received cancellation notices, however, from their current insurers because of the law’s new regulations.

“We’ve all said things I think we’d like to take back,” Manchin said Thursday.

Former President Clinton, along with a number of lawmakers, is pressuring Obama to honor his promise.  

“It’s a lofty goal to try to get quality healthcare for every American. If we can do that, that’s great,” Manchin said.  

Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillSenators question need for HHS cyber office Overnight Cybersecurity: Obama DHS chief defends Russian hack response | Trump huddles on grid security | Lawmakers warned about cyber threat to election systems We must protect our most vulnerable from financial fraudsters MORE (D-Mo.) also tied the shaky rollout with the ObamaCare product itself in a separate interview on “Morning Joe.”

“We have the store open, and we locked the front door,” she said. “It’s really important that people get in the store because if they don’t get in the store, the prices continue to go up for everyone who will shop later."

She said she thinks ObamaCare will be fixed, but under one condition.

“I think we are going to have to take some kind of reparative action to reassure people that we are trying to get it fixed.”

Obama will make an announcement Thursday concerning people who are scheduled to lose their insurance plans, according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).